During Audi's annual general meeting in Ingolstadt, CEO Rupert Stadler officially confirmed the new A8's arrival in 2017, plus more than 20 new or upgraded models already set to be launched this year.

The 2017 A8 will be Ingolstadt's first series-produced carcapable of piloted driving. With the help of its traffic-jam pilot system, the A8 will be able to drive itself temporarily at speeds up to 60 km/h (37 mph).

audi-ceo-confirms-a8-2017-1.jpgStadler mentioned that "by 2025, we will see fully automated driving." Furthermore, the Audi CEO stated that starting in 2018, his company will "launch another electrified car each year," with 2018 being the year in which they will debut a fully-electric large SUV with a range of over 500 km (310 miles).